Alyson’s costumes prove a hit with pupils

Tweedmouth Middle pupils trying out replica costumes at a Paxton House workshop
Tweedmouth Middle pupils trying out replica costumes at a Paxton House workshop

THE creations of Berwickshire costume designer Alyson Farmer were donned by pupils from Tweedmouth Middle last week as they became the first students to experience a new portrait workshop at Paxton House.

Pupils had the opportunity to learn from the work of other portrait painters on a sketching tour of Paxton House.

This was combined with a session looking at creating meaning in portraiture where pupils experimented with pose, background and costume.

Each child had the opportunity to model in their selected costume before being photographed and then using the photograph as reference to paint their own portrait.

The most popular outfit choices were the fabulous replica Georgian costumes made for Paxton House by Duns-based Alyson as part of the Esme Fairbairn funded Costume Project.

Education Officer Laura Johnson commented: “We have been really fortunate to have a set of beautiful replica costumes to use with schools.

“They are such an inspirational and flexible resource which can be used within a variety of topics.

“This is the first time that we have incorporated them into our portrait study visits and it has been brilliant to see the children really engage with the ideas behind portraiture whilst developing their own drawing and painting skills.

“Having the chance to wear the costumes, feel the fabrics and see the shapes really enhanced the children’s observation skills which was evident in the paintings they produced.”